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Uproar over abuse of dog – but silence over human deaths in custody?

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Yes, we must value animals but we must equally value humans, if not more, says Wishful Accountant.

I read with much fascination how Malaysians and others have expressed outrage over the abuse of a dog.

I wish we would protest with such zest and purpose when we come across cases of deaths in custody.

Yes, we must value animals but we must equally value humans, if not more. The lives of our fellow human beings are as important as ours. Each dead person surely has someone who loved him or her and will feel the loss.

Imagine your loved one being picked up – perhaps even by mistake or after being wrongly identified – and then he or she doesn’t return home; how would you feel?

Maybe many believe that one fewer criminal on the streets will be one fewer criminal to worry about. But, as lawyers and activists have often reminded us, some of those who died in custody had not yet even been charged, let alone tried in court. And yet, they have been sent to meet their maker sooner than they should have.

If these victims were guilty, then a thorough investigation and fair trial (with the accused being allowed to defend himself or herself) would invariably have resulted in their being accused being convicted and sentenced by a learned judge.

A great man once said society is ranked according to how it treats its animals. If the Mahatma were alive, he probably would have mentioned foreign workers as well.

In both these respects, we fail miserably; therefore it is no wonder many of us don’t seem to value human life – whether it is accidents at construction sites or those caused by buses and drivers that should not be on the road or the acts of negligent law enforcers.

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Wishful Accountant, who practises his trade, is a keen customer services and rights champion who spends his own time and resources chasing banks, utility providers, highway concessionaires and local councils on various public interest issues. Occasionally, he feels compelled to comment on political and social issues.

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